Library of Congress Classification Outline – Class M





Subclass M


M1-5000                                    Music

M1-1.A15                                     Music printed or copied in manuscript in the United States or the colonies before 1860

M1.A5-3.3                                    Collections

M1.A5-Z                                          Miscellaneous

M2-2.3                                            Musical sources

M3-3.3                                            Collected works of individual composers

M5-1480                                       Instrumental music

M5                                                  Collections

M6-175.5                                         One solo instrument

M176                                               Motion picture music

M176.5                                            Radio and television music

M177-990                                        Two or more solo instruments

M1000-1075                                     Orchestra

M1100-1160                                     String orchestra

M1200-1270                                     Band

M1350-1366                                     Other ensembles

M1375-1420                                     Instrumental music for children

M1470-1480                                     Aleatory music. Electronic music. Mixed media

M1490                                          Music printed or copied in manuscript before 1700

M1495-2199                                  Vocal music

M1495                                             Collections

M1497-1998                                     Secular vocal music

M1497                                                Collections

M1500-1527.8                                     Dramatic music

M1528-1529.5                                     Two or more solo voices

M1530-1609                                        Choruses

M1611-1624.8                                     One solo voice

M1625-1626                                        Recitations with music

M1627-1853                                        Folk, national and ethnic music

M1900-1985                                        Songs of specific groups or on specific topics

M1990-1998                                        Secular vocal music for children

M1999-2199                                     Sacred vocal music

M1999                                                Collections

M2000-2007                                        Dramatic music

M2010-2017.6                                     Choral services, etc.

M2018-2019.5                                     Two or more solo voices

M2020-2101.5                                     Choruses

M2102-2114.8                                     One solo voice


M2115-2146                                        Hymnals. Hymn collections

M2147-2188                                        Liturgy and ritual

M2190-2196                                        Sacred vocal music for children

M2198-2199                                        Popular religious and devotional music

M5000                                          Unidentified compositions


Subclass ML


ML1-3930                                  Literature on music

ML1-5                                          Periodicals. Serials

ML12-21                                       Directories. Almanacs

ML25-28                                       Societies and other organizations

ML29-31                                       Special collections

ML32-33                                       Institutions

ML35-38                                       Festivals. Congresses

ML40-44                                       Programs

ML45                                            Circulars and advertisements

ML46                                            Scrapbooks

ML47-54.8                                    Librettos. Texts. Scenarios

ML55-89                                       Aspects of the field of music as a whole

ML93-96.5                                    Manuscript studies and manuscripts

ML100-109                                   Dictionaries. Encyclopedias

ML110-111.5                                Music librarianship

ML112-112.5                                Music printing and publishing

ML112.8-158.8                             Bibliography

ML159-3785                                  History and criticism

ML159-161                                      General works

ML162-197                                      By period

ML198-360.6                                   By region or country

ML385-429                                      Biography

ML430-458                                      Composition and performance

ML459-1380                                     Instruments and instrumental music

ML1400-3275                                   Vocal music

ML3300-3351                                   Program music

ML3400-3465                                   Dance music

ML3469-3541                                   Popular music

ML3544-3776                                   Folk, national, and ethnic music

ML3780                                           Music on particular topics

ML3785                                           Musical journalism

ML3790-3792                                Music trade

ML3795                                        Music as a profession. Vocational guidance

ML3797-3799.5                             Musical research

ML3800-3923                                Philosophical and societal aspects of music. Physics and acoustics of music. Physiological aspects of music

ML3800                                           General works


ML3805-3817                                   Physics and acoustics

ML3820                                           Physiological aspects of music

ML3830-3840                                   Psychology

ML3845-3877                                   Aesthetics

ML3880-3915                                   Criticism

ML3916-3918                                   Social and political aspects of music

ML3919-3920                                   Moral influence of music.  Therapeutic use of music

ML3921-3921.8                                Religious aspects of music

ML3922                                           Music in the workplace

ML3928-3930                                Literature for children


Subclass MT


MT1-960                                    Instruction and study

MT1                                             General works

M2.5                                            Music study abroad

MT3-5                                          History

MT5.5-7                                       Music theory

MT9-15                                        Printed pedagogical aids

MT9                                                Examinations, exercises, etc.

MT10                                              Teachers= and supervisors= manuals, etc.

MT15                                              Charts, diagrams, etc.

MT17                                           Music in special education

MT18                                           Music in colleges and universities

MT20-34                                       Systems and methods

MT35-39                                       Notation

MT40-67                                       Composition. Elements and techniques of music

MT68                                           Improvisation. Accompaniment. Transposition

MT70-74                                       Instrumentation and orchestration

MT75                                           Interpretation

MT80                                           Embellishment

MT82                                           Memorizing

MT85                                           Conducting. Score reading and playing

MT87                                           Community music

MT88                                           Administration and instruction of vocal groups

MT90-146                                     Analysis and appreciation of musical works

MT150                                          Audio-visual aids

MT155                                          Music theory for children

MT165                                          Tuning

MT170-810                                   Instrumental techniques

MT179-258                                      Keyboard instruments

MT259-338                                      Stringed instruments. Bowed stringed instruments

MT339-533                                      Wind instruments

MT539-654                                      Plucked instruments

MT655-725                                      Percussion and other instruments


MT728-735                                      Ensembles

MT737                                             Motion picture accompanying

MT740-810                                      Instrumental techniques for children

MT820-915                                   Singing and vocal technique

MT898-915                                      Vocal techniques for children

MT918-948                                   School music

MT920-925                                      Kindergarten

MT930-948                                      Elementary schools. Junior high schools. High schools

MT949.5                                       Whistling

MT950                                          Music to accompany instruction in ballet, folk dancing, gymnastics, etc.

MT955-956                                   Musical theater

MT960                                          Music in the theater

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